Pope Moves To End Program That Protects Young, Uncatechized Catholics From Having To Leave Church

September 5, 2017 by  
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Pope Francis on Tuesday ordered an end to the Benedict XVI order that shielded young, uncatechized Catholics from having to leave the Church.

“I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, because their parents somehow converted to Catholicism without being catechized,” Francis said in a written statement. “But we must also recognize that we are Church of opportunity because we are a Church of canon laws.”

The statement was released just hours after Francis asked the head of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura Cardinal Dominique Mamberti  to write to bishops around the world informing them that the Church would no longer protect uncatechized Catholics.

Vatican officials say that close to 100,000 current beneficiaries of the program who were brought into the Church without consent of a diocese as children, would eventually have to find another church, or to sign up for RCIA classes.

“Only by the reliable enforcement of canon law can we produce safe dioceses and spiritual fairness for all Catholics,” Francis went on to say in his statement.

“I understand that this is difficult. Many of those who will be asked to leave are adults now, and perhaps aren’t even aware that their parents left another church to become Catholic. Some of them will have to return to the ecclesial communities that they came from until they sign up for RCIA classes and are properly confirmed.”

Pope Emeritus Benedict told EOTT this morning that Francis had singled out young people that could one day potentially be priests or nuns for  “a punishment they did not deserve.”

“To target these young people is wrong because they have done nothing wrong,” Benedict said. “It is self-flagellating because they want to start new ministries, staff our apostolates, serve in the Knights of Columbus, and otherwise contribute to the Church we love. And it is cruel.”

  • Casper

    Ah. A bit backwards. I’m trying to imagine the papal counterpart (our next pope, no doubt), to Trump…

    • Mary

      St. Alice in Wonderland?

    • Paul Avizinis

      our next pope ? We have to start thinking Parousia…

  • Irenaeus

    I guess those rigid youths ARE psychologically ill. Lol.

  • Michael Leggett

    Pope The Donald I!

  • Mr. Graves

    In exchange for keeping the uncatechized young, maybe we could work out a deal to get rid of a few heretical oldsters?

    • Shawn McElhinney

      Would that by chance involve building a doctrinal wall that we make the Lutherans and Reformed pay for? 😉

  • Shawn McElhinney

    Well played EOTT!


  • kamiller42

    “…the Church would no longer protect uncatechized Catholics.”
    Uncatechized would include a majority of the Church given what they believe is the Faith, cradle Catholics, et. al.

    This satire seems to have missed an opportunity. It just swaps names from current political events. First, the stands of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI should be swapped given the impressions people have. Second, the issue should be Pope Francis granting amnesty to divorced/remarried men and women receiving the Eucharist. Third, substitute DACA with Amoris Laetitia.

    • Monk

      Satire can be a messy business, brother.

    • VeilOfTiers

      I think the author was trying to keep with the theme of the young and innocent being affected.

      Not gonna work so well with the divorced and remarried unless they got married awfully young.

    • samton909

      OK, we will make these changes and reissue a new story soon.

  • Paul Avizinis

    These kinds of headlines are what the New Pharisees drool over, not even bothering to check the source.

  • Rose Lincoln

    No, no, no, how many times do I have to remind you Papa Francesco not the RCIA program but, the ALPHA COURSE damn it!

  • TFB


    Sorry, gotta call them as I see them. And this was a “swing and a miss”.